Current Leader

Aristea Saulsbury

Aristea Saulsbury
Location: McKinleyville, California Cohort Start Year: 2020 Project Topics: Community/Civic Engagement, Education, Racial Justice, Social Sector/Non-Profit Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), Adults (21-64 years), African-American/Black, Asian/Asian American, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Immigrants and Refugees, Low-Income Communities, Native/Tribal/Indigenous People, Rural Communities
Prevention Programming and Community Outreach Project Manager
McKinleyville Family Resource Center

Aristea Saulsbury believes that a healthy community is one in which all people have the power to make decisions and build connections with one another. Too often people who are marginalized (historically and currently) are not authentically built into the plans of organizations and governments. As a result, individuals are left to create their own networks, sometimes duplicating the work and reinforcing barriers.

Living in Humboldt County in rural Northern California, Aristea uses her skills to build bridges among communities that want to build deeper connections and effective solutions. Aristea wears many hats to accomplish this, including working at a family resource center, serving on a school board, consulting on racial equity, and parenting in an uncertain time. Work that she supports is led by the populations most impacted, including youth, Black, Indigenous, people of color, and people experiencing social and economic disadvantages. The work is constantly evolving, which is why Aristea enjoys it so much.


Aristea has an eclectic background. Academically, she has studied early childhood education, history, and organizational leadership and change. Professionally, she has served as a teacher/director of a play-based preschool, worked in project management at a development firm, and currently specializes in community outreach and engagement. She also lives between experiences as an Urban Native (a member of the Yurok Tribe). Throughout all of her experiences, however, she is focused on empathy and engagement: How do we better understand one another? How can we leave a better world for the next generation?



[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]